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Lilac
Lilac
Lilac

Lilac Girls

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then s...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newt
Newt
Newt

Duplicity

Political thrillers have always intrigued me because I enjoy learning about the inner-workings of Washington DC. In this regard, Duplicity did not disappoint.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Serafina-and-the-black-cloak-final-cover
Serafina-and-the-black-cloak-final-cover
Serafina-and-the-black-cloak-final-cover

Serafina and the Black Cloak

really hope that Beatty is going to fill more pages with adventures for Serafina. His well woven threads of mystery, the fantastic, suspense and heart touching story has captured my attention and I can imagine so much more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
season-of-salt-and-honey-9781451682847_hr
season-of-salt-and-honey-9781451682847_hr
season-of-salt-and-honey-9781451682847_hr

Season of Salt & Honey

"season of Salt & Honey" would appeal to those who like emotional fiction with a dash of romance. But, really, the focus is on relationships. I would recommend it.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 10.38.05 AM
Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 10.38.05 AM

Little Pretty Things

All in all, "Pretty Little Things" is a decent read.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mortal Threat-AJ Tata
Mortal Threat-AJ Tata
Mortal Threat-AJ Tata

Mortal Threat

Anyone that enjoys military, action, intrigue and an intense plot with a lot going on may want to read this book.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Huckleberry Harvest-Jennifer Beckstrand
Huckleberry Harvest-Jennifer Beckstrand
Huckleberry Harvest-Jennifer Beckstrand

Huckleberry Harvest

The book is hysterically funny and touching at once, perhaps the best one in the series yet.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Huckleberry Spring
Huckleberry Spring
Huckleberry Spring

Huckleberry Spring

I love the characters and the stories. What can be funnier than a pair of Amish senior citizens matchmaking for their grandchildren?
 
 
 
 
 
 

Secondhand Cowboy
Secondhand Cowboy
Secondhand Cowboy

Secondhand Cowboy

There are heart-touching moments and some laugh out loud portions that made the story hard to step away from
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valiant-Sarah McGuire
Valiant-Sarah McGuire
Valiant-Sarah McGuire

Valiant

At its heart, this is a simple story of a girl with great courage, wit, and wisdom.
 
 
 
 
 
 

An Amish Man of Ice Mountain
An Amish Man of Ice Mountain
An Amish Man of Ice Mountain

An Amish Man of Ice Mountain

I expected sweet innocence, but I found sensual scenes that are appropriate for a more mature audience. This was a concern for me as a conservative reader.
 
 
 
 
 
 
French Coast
French Coast
French Coast

French Coast

This book is a great beach read that would appeal to anyone who likes a book that delivers on a promise of an escape from the ordinary.
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Bullet
The Bullet
The Bullet

The Bullet

The story seems to have been written effortlessly, but I am sure that this plot took careful planning.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Fifth Gospel
The Fifth Gospel
The Fifth Gospel

The Fifth Gospel

Fans of Dan Brown will enjoy this book, and those seeking a bit more meat to their historical novels will as well.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Harvest-of-Blessings-Charlotte Hubbard
Harvest-of-Blessings-Charlotte Hubbard
Harvest-of-Blessings-Charlotte Hubbard

Harvest of Blessings

Charlotte Hubbard did surprise me with the thoughts and language of two characters in the story. I feel they will be found offensive by some readers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Inside the O'Briens-Lisa Genova
Inside the O'Briens-Lisa Genova
Inside the O'Briens-Lisa Genova

Inside the O’Briens

I developed such an emotional connection to the O’Brien family and hated to see their struggle, but it became an uplifting read about the strength of family.
 
 
 
 
 
 

I Was Here-Gayle Forman
I Was Here-Gayle Forman
I Was Here-Gayle Forman

I Was Here

This novel is a fresh look at suicide and those who deal with it. The story didn’t pan out exactly how I thought it would, but it was much more believable this way.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bless Me Father-Neil Boyd
Bless Me Father-Neil Boyd
Bless Me Father-Neil Boyd

Bless Me, Father

I laughed out loud and I don’t think I stopped smiling from the first page! The book played out like a television series, so it is not surprising that it later was made into one.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dreaming Spies-Laurie R. King
Dreaming Spies-Laurie R. King
Dreaming Spies-Laurie R. King

Dreaming Spies

Apart from the disappointing few scenes at the finish, this book is a lovely, leisurely, and literary read, full of exotic places and fascinating people.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Great Zoo of China-Matthew Reilly
The Great Zoo of China-Matthew Reilly
The Great Zoo of China-Matthew Reilly

The Great Zoo of China

This book is filled with action, tension and the sheer evil of man. The author has a powerful ability to combine these amazing creatures with humanity and technology.